Evelyn S. Snyder, 92, legislative proofreader


Evelyn Marie Strauss Snyder, a former teacher and legislative proofreader, died Wednesday at the Brian Center for health and rehabilitation in Goldsboro, N.C.. She was 92 and had lived for the last several years in Goldsboro.

During 68 years of marriage to Robert O. Snyder, she lived in Baltimore, Hagerstown and Annapolis. After Mr. Snyder's death, Mrs. Snyder moved in 1999 to her daughter's home in Goldsboro.

Born Evelyn Strauss in Hebbville, Baltimore County, she grew up on her father's truck farm, feeding the livestock and milking the cows before walking to school. Mrs. Strauss's father, John William Strauss, had owned a bar in Baltimore, and with the advent of Prohibition, he turned to truck farming in Hebbville. She was one of the first women to obtain a motorcycle license in Maryland around 1924 and played sports and sang in the choir at Randallstown High School.

In 1929, she graduated from the State Normal School in Towson, now Towson University. Mrs. Snyder taught second grade in the 1950s in Hagerstown, where she was active in Trinity Lutheran Church.

After moving to Annapolis in 1975, she worked from 1975 to about 1985 as a proofreader for the Maryland General Assembly. She was a member of St. Martin Lutheran Church, where she was a quilter and served on the prayer group.

Since her move to Goldsboro, Mrs. Snyder enjoyed sports and theatrical events at Spring Creek High School and continued her lifelong hobbies of cooking, crocheting and letter writing.

An unusual heart condition and a lifelong interest in education led her to donate her body to the East Carolina University School of Medicine. Memorial services are planned later at the First Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro and at St. Martin Church in Annapolis.

Mrs. Snyder is survived by a daughter, Roberta Snyder Wachter of Goldsboro; two sons, John W. Snyder of Bishopville and James R. Snyder of Davidsonville; a sister, Dorothea Fisher of Hebbville; a brother, H. Merle "Hank" Strauss of Sarasota, Fla.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058-5216.

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